Hurricane Helene turns northwestward, not a threat to land

Wednesday, 12 Sep, 2018

Florence is now a Category 4 storm, reaching that status a day earlier than experts had predicted.

While a developed storm would pose more of a threat to coastal Texas, it could still turn into a very unsafe flooding event for an already-drenched San Antonio.

The fact both Hugo and Florence have rapidly strengthened to Category 4 hurricanes along the eastern seaboard in quiet years has caught the attention of hurricane researcher Jim Kossin.

Should Hurricane Isaac begin to grow, islands beyond the Lesser Antilles such as Puerto Rico, Haiti and the Dominican Republic will brace themselves for the possibility of weathering another storm.

The hurricane is expected to reach the coast of North Carolina Thursday night into Friday morning. Though the storm has undergone some weakening, it still packs sustained winds of 95 km/h, and is expected to drop in excess of 250 mm of rain, raising concerns for flash flooding and landslides.

President Donald Trump says the safety of the American people is his "absolute highest priority" as Hurricane Florence takes aim at portions of the East Coast.

Florence regained Hurricane strength this morning, and is considered a potential threat as it is expected to pass within 460 miles of the island in the next 72 hours.

We'll just have to wait and see where all of them go.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Florence was 580 miles south, south east of Bermuda with winds of 115 mph and strengthening into a major storm.

The solid white area indicates the storm's forecast for days 1-3.

Isaac is a Category 1 hurricane that's blowing winds between 74-95 miles per hour.

Hurricane Isaac - which late Sunday became the fifth hurricane of the season - is heading west towards the Caribbean.

Back in late August, the Atlantic tropics looked like they were going to stay boarded up for the season.

Maximum sustained winds were clocked at 140 miles per hour (220 kph) as it moved west-northwest at 13 miles per hour (20 kph).

"You never know, there could be tree missiles coming from any direction", she said.

People across the region rushed to buy bottled water and other supplies, board up their homes or get out of town.

Historically, 90 percent of fatalities from hurricanes, tropical storms and tropical depressions have been caused by water, NHC spokesman Dennis Feltgen said.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster has ordered an estimated one million coastal residents in his state to move inland.

Myrtle Beach hardware stores and supermarkets were busy ringing up sales of bottled water, plywood and generators.

The University of North Carolina at Wilmington, near the shore, canceled its upcoming alumni weekend and all classes starting at noon Monday, encouraging its students to leave campus for a safer location. The Navy planned to send ships from the Hampton Roads area of Virginia out to sea.

Florida-based Carnival Cruise Line was re-routing its cruise ships, but there were other hurricanes to contend with.